CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Timofey Mozgov seems to be ahead of schedule and is questionable for Friday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. Mozgov has missed the last week after he was originally expected to be sidelined 10-14 days with a strained shoulder. He was dressed and on the court for the team’s morning shootaround Friday.
“We’re going to see how he’s feeling this morning,” coach David Blatt said. “See if we can get him out there a little bit.”
Mozgov has missed the last three games with the shoulder injury, although his right knee has been bothering him since training camp. Although Blatt conceded Mozgov still wasn’t in the right condition prior to the shoulder injury, he was hopeful the time off could help his knee.
“It could be a blessing in disguise,” Blatt said last week.
The Cavs were upset with the way they defended inside in Wednesday’s loss at Toronto. The Raptors nearly doubled up the Cavs in paint scoring, 52-28, and they allowed six and-1s to the Raptors in the second half. Mozgov hasn’t had the same defensive presence he carried last season, but the Cavs still miss his rim protection when he’s not in the game.
“We got to make up for some of the lack of rim protection that we have when he’s not in there,” Blatt said. “I didn’t think that we did a nice job of that in the last game.”
In addition to Mozgov, Blatt is hopeful Matthew Dellavedova will be able to play after sitting out Wednesday with tightness in his left calf. Dellavedova joined Mozgov on the court for Friday's shootaround. Mo Williams also came through Wednesday’s game fine in his first appearance back from an ankle injury and will likely return to the starting lineup against the Hornets.